School of Population Health

Academic Skills

Watch video on 'How to organise your references using EndNote'

By Dr Holly Seale, Senior Lecturer, School of Population Health

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Endnote is a program that assists with referencing and citations in your assignments. Endnote is available to all  UNSW students for free from the UNSW IT website. Please watch the video on the left hand side for more information on using Endnote.

Academic Practice

To assist students in gaining the maximum benefit from their study the School offers a course in Academic Practice (PHCM9100).  These are student based workshops designed to provide support in academic skills needed to successfully complete the assignments.  Each week, skills topics will be presented and they will be linked with the materials that students deal with in their other courses.  Participants will engage in critical activities on materials used in their studies ie reviewing articles, assignments etc.  There will be opportunity to discuss issues and field questions from colleagues to develop skills in defending a particular viewpoint or position. This course is available for all other students at no charge.  It does not contribute to the credit requirements of the program.

Online Academic Skills Resources

Student Life and Learning offers a range of academic skills that provides support to both coursework and research students enrolled at UNSW. Here you will find resources designed to help you develop and refine your academic skills. You can book consultations, register for workshops and courses and browse online resources such as:

  • Referencing assignments
  • Plagiarism
  • Writing skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Reading and note-taking guides
  • Exam preparation
  • Oral presentations
  • Lectures, tutorials and group work
  • Time management
  • Workshops and courses
  • Consultations - Book an appointment at The Learning Centre for one-to-one help with academic writing and study.

Additional Support for Postgraduate Coursework Students

From this page you can access information on the additional support services available for UNSW postgraduate coursework students.

  • Postgraduate Coursework Day - Workshops on essay writing and report writing specifically designed for postgraduate coursework students.
  • The Learning Centre offer a number of workshops throughout the year to help you improve your academic skills including help with oral presentations, how to improve your academic writing, writing a critical review and more.

Academic Skills Support for Postgraduate Research Students

The Learning Centre offers academic skills short courses that focus on, or explore, different tasks. Many are designed for postgraduate research students, such as Writing a thesis proposal, Writing a literature review and Giving your first Conference paper. Short courses run throughout Terms 1, 2 and 3. See Short Courses for Postgraduate Research for details.

Information Skills

UNSW Library has a variety of online tutorials and resources available to Postgraduate students to help equip you with the information skills you will need to get started in your program such as: searching databases, evaluating different types of resources like peer-reviewed journals and websites, and citing references.  These resources are designed to help students learn more about: searching for information to complete assignments and projects, and self-directed learning. 

The Elise Study Skills tutorial

ELISE (Enabling Library & Information Skills for Everyone) is an online tutorial to help you understand how to find and use information for your assignments or research. It will also help you understand plagiarism and how to avoid it. The Elise Study Skills tutorial is highly recommended to postgraduate students in their first term of study.


A feature of academic writing is that it contains references to the words, information and ideas of others. Whenever you use any words, ideas or information from any source in your assignments, you must reference those sources. There are different referencing systems. As a student, it is your responsibility to learn one of the accepted academic methods for acknowledging sources of information (citing references) and then to use this method consistently. In general, the School uses either the APA system or the Harvard system. Guidelines for referencing can be found on the UNSW Academic Skills and Support website.  Also see the UNSW Library online tutorial on Plagiarism and Referencing. Citation style manuals can be found on the UNSW Library’s ELISE tutorial page, including APA and Vancouver.

Subject Guides

These guides are a quick and easy pathway to locating resources in your subject area. These excellent guides bring together the core web and print resources in one place and provide a one click portal into the online resources. See: